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Sunday, March 12, 2006

March 12. 1777
I have been quite sick with fever these two days past. Although I am still weak I feel that I am on the mend and my appetite is returning. Some friends provided me with tea to go with a light breakfast which is all I can manage. The Burford surgeon came to see us and upon examining me he confirmed that I should be fully recovered in several days. Others in our company are not recovering and the doctor ordered them sent on shore to the hospital. Several of them could not walk and they were loaded into nets justs as so much cargo and hauled directly out of the hold through the main hatch and placed into boats to take them on shore. On shore they will be put into carts and taken the two miles or so to the hospital. The weather is squally with rain and wind so their trip will not be pleasant.

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